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|The NPA/RENEW Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had removed a large number of explosive ordnances and ammunition from a local's new house foundation. Source: NPA/RENEW|
“I wanted to thank you all for the quick response from the NPA/RENEW team and for their timely intervention that has brought back safety for my workers, we can now resume our work,” said 39-year-old Ta Thanh Dat said after an NPA/RENEW Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had removed a large number of explosive ordnances and ammunitions from his new house foundation.
He has resided in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province since 2011. During the war, the area where Đat’s home is located had been Dong Ha railway station. After 10 years of living in a temporary house, he decided to build a new one. Although being told by neighbors about the possibility of encountering buried explosives, the father of three was quite shocked when bricklayers found some wartime munitions in the foundation of his new house. He called the Quang Tri province EOD hotline number immediately, asking for assistance.
According to NPA/RENEW, following further searching on the building site, the EOD team found 22 different explosives ordnance and over 350 small arms munitions. All of the explosives were removed for later safe disposal at NPA/RENEW central demolition site.
In 2021 so far, NPA/RENEW EOD teams have conducted 106 spot tasks in response to EOD emergency callouts to the province hotline number by local people of Quang Tri province. Over 500 items of explosive ordnance have been safely removed and destroyed.
NPA implements survey and clearance activities in Quang Tri province in close cooperation with Project RENEW, under a partnership with the Quang Tri Provincial Department of Foreign Affairs. This work is funded by the US Department of State and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.
|All of the explosives were removed for later safe disposal at NPA/RENEW central demolition site. Photo: Hien Ngo|
More than 83% of Quang Tri province was contaminated with bombs, mines and explosives left from wars, according to a recent survey.
In 1996, Quang Tri was the first locality in the country to coordinate with international organizations to tackle UXOs.
In the past three years, in Quang Tri province, there have been zero accidents, zero injuries, and zero deaths caused by explosive ordnance.
The cleanup of wartime debris will likely continue for years. However, children and adults can be safe if they are educated about unexploded ordnance (UXO) risks and provided with guidance on what to do when they encounter explosive remnants of war around their homes and gardens, roadsides and schoolyards.
That’s where mine risk education plays an integral role – by educating children and adults, who must continue to live with the threat of UXO, about how they can live safely, how they can avoid accident and injury, how they can be part of the day-to-day solution to this problem.
With persistent exposure to EO safety messages, children, as well as adults in Quang Tri, have become the “eyes and ears” of the mobile teams, by providing lifesaving, accurate information about locations of UXO for timely and safe removal./.
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